Traditionally speaking, the key demo for The Oscars is mostly old white people. Often times, it’s the music performances from mainstream pop stars that bring in younger audiences (at least that’s what ABC must think) and this also livens up the pace of an otherwise slow-moving awards ceremony that pays tribute to hollywood in the most classic way (i.e. the 2014 viral selfie). Let’s take a look back at six memorable music moments from pop stars at the Academy Awards.
6. Adele – “Skyfall”
On top of everything Adele slays at already, need we not forget that aside from being a 10-time Grammy Award winner; she’s also an Academy Award winner, honey. In 2013, Adele performed a gorgeous rendition of her James Bond theme song and later accepted the award for Best Original Song, as Adele tends to do. Win awards. Sell out a global stadium tour in 30 minutes. Sell the most records of all time. Ya know. The usual.
5. Madonna – “Sooner or Later”
The legendary and incomparable Madonna took the stage on Oscar night back in 1993, arriving to the ceremony with her date Michael Jackson. She performed ‘Sooner of Later’ which won Best Original Song that night (she had no writing credit though, so no, she didn’t win the award) and viewers expected a super racy performance. This really wouldn’t be considered a lot now, but back then Madonna was pushin’ dat envelope.
4. Lady Gaga – “Til It Happens To You”
2016 is when Lady Gaga became the first artist to perform at the Super Bowl, The Grammys and The Oscars in the same year. Talk about slaying (and also good management). She brought the audience to tears when she performed this important song on rape culture on college campuses. The song was written by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga for a film called “The Hunting Ground” which continues the conversation of rape on college campuses, telling stories of survivors who were able to speak out. (Oscar Trivia: Brie Larson, who won Best Actress that night, hugged every single survivor who appeared on stage during the performance).
3. Beyonce and Other – “The Musical is Back”
Beyoncé has always given us life in new ways. If you don’t recall this performance from 2009, where were you? Anyways, this nice Australian gentleman opens for her performance and then like out of nowhere – sent from the heavens – she appears…”HEYYY BIG SPENDERRRR!” Ah yes, thank you queen. Beyoncé continues on with a lovely tribute to some of the most iconic musicals including Grease and Chicago. Zac Efron pops up at some point.
2. Celine Dion – “My Heart Will Go On”
In 1998, Celine Dion served for the gods with a cute turtleneck number, belting the legendary song “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic. That fist to chest move will forever live on in our hearts. Love you, Celine, you beautiful goddess.
1. Lady Gaga – “The Sound of Music Tribute”
Look. Y’all should already know by now. Let’s relive this together.